How sweet it is!

Christmas candy contest results

Homemade candy has been a holiday tradition for hundreds of years. Readers submitted almost 300 candy entries of their family holiday favorites, making it a difficult decision narrowing down entries.

Ultimately, winners emerged as judges sampled from 14 different selections including a variety of caramels, fudge, toffee, hard candies and chewy favorites.

First place went to the winning combination of toasted nuts, toffee and chocolate in Linda Pittman’s Triple Nut Toffee. The Honey Caramels, submitted by Jerry Daugherty, were a close second place for their smooth luscious texture and Carol Walk’s Snickers Fudge placed third for its chocolate, peanut, caramel combo that tastes just like its namesake.

The five honorable mentions are: Chocolate Amaretto Snowballs, submitted by Nancy H. Peterson; Rock Candy, submitted by Diane Sherman; Pecan Espresso Bark, submitted by Barbara Wiesen; Nougat, submitted by Mary H. Hammann; and Maple Bacon Fudge, submitted by Dorothy Billington.

1st place
Triple Nut Toffee
2nd Place
Honey Caramels
3rd Place
Snickers Fudge


View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.

Recipe submissions

Never Fail Fudge


4 cups sugar
1 stick butter
12 ounce can evaporated milk
12 ounce pkg semi-sweet chocolate pieces
7 ounce jar marshmallow cream
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Stir in milk and sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling over medium heat until mixture reaches 234 F or soft ball stage, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove form heat and stir in chocolate pieces until melted. Add marshmallow cream and nuts, stirring until well blended. Pour into greased 13×9-inch pan. Cool at room temperature. Cut into squares. Makes about 3 pounds.

Dorothy Post
Spoon River Electric Cooperative